On Saturday, May 14, Saint Joseph’s College graduated 448 students at their Standish campus. The ceremony took place in the Alfond Center from its vantage point overlooking Sebago Lake.
Fifteen of the graduates hailed from Lakes Region communities, including Kerrie Lee Ladd of Standish, winner of the Business Administration Department Award.
In addition to the traditional undergraduates, 232 students from as far away as Ecuador, Finland, and Bermuda graduated through Saint Joseph’s distance education program. Of these, 64 were able to attend the event and receive their degrees in person.
Kelly Cyr of St. Agatha, Myra Cyr of Van Buren, and Kathryn Davis of East Millinocket, each with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, shared the title of class valedictorian. Cyr, a biology major heading to medical school at the University of New England in the fall, addressed her class from the podium.
Bangor resident, Michael Shea, president of Webber Energy Fuels, Inc. and a 1972 Saint Joseph’s alumnus, delivered the commencement address. Shea, who served on the College’s Board of Overseers from 1975 to 1987 and from 1995 to 2004, was awarded Outstanding Saint Joseph College Alumnus for 1990.
Currently vice chairman of the Board of Directors for the United Way of Eastern Maine, Shea is also active in the Boys and Girls Club and in coaching children’s sports teams.
Bishop Richard Malone of the Diocese of Portland offered the benediction.